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Gender Feminine
Scripts Δωροθεα(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. do-ro-TE-a(German)

Meaning & History

Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωροθεος (Dorotheos), which meant "gift of God" from Greek δωρον (doron) "gift" and θεος (theos) "god". The name Theodore is composed of the same elements in reverse order. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. It was also borne by the 14th-century Saint Dorothea of Montau, who was the patron saint of Prussia.
VariantsDorte, Dorthe, Dorete(Danish) Dorothy, Dortha, Dorthy(English)
DiminutivesThea(German) Dora(Dutch) Ditte, Dorit, Ea, Tea, Thea(Danish) Ea, Tea, Thea(Norwegian) Dee, Dodie, Dolly, Dora, Dory, Dot, Dottie, Dotty, Thea(English)
Masculine FormDorotheos(Late Greek)
Other Languages & CulturesDorotea, Doroteja, Dora, Tea(Croatian) Dorota(Czech) Tea, Teija, Tiia(Finnish) Dorothée(French) Dorottya, Dóra, Dorina, Dorka(Hungarian) Dorotea, Dora, Doretta(Italian) Dorotėja, Urtė(Lithuanian) Dörthe(Low German) Doroteja(Macedonian) Dorota, Dosia(Polish) Doroteia(Portuguese) Dorotéia(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Doroteja, Dora(Serbian) Dorota(Slovak) Doroteja, Tea, Teja(Slovene) Dorotea, Dora, Dorita(Spanish) Dorotea, Ea, Tea, Thea(Swedish)
User SubmissionsDóróthea, Dórothea


Depiction of Saint Dorothea of Caesarea by Francisco de Zurbarán (1650)Depiction of Saint Dorothea of Caesarea by Francisco de Zurbarán (1650)

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